The Portland Protest is Almost Over – So Far, So Good? Also: So Insane

FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, white nationalist demonstrators, right, clash with a counter demonstrator as he throws a newspaper box at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly white nationalist demonstration in Virginia has brought new attention to an anti-fascist movement whose black-clad, bandana-wearing members have been a regular presence at protests around the country in the last year. Members of the antifa movement were among those protesting the Charlottesville rally last weekend. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

 

 

 

On Wednesday, I wrote the article “Portland Bulks Up With Police, National Guard, & FBI Ahead Of Explosive Protests By Antifa & Militia Groups.”

And here we are: Saturday’s clash hasn’t disappointed.

As present time, at least 13 people have been taken into custody.

Details of the arrests haven’t been released, but the Portland Police Bureau did post photos of seized weapons from the ruckus, including wooden poles and bear spray.

In terms of sheer numbers, the day seems to’ve been mercilessly light on physical harm. According to Fox News, three people have been evaluated by medics. And only one’s been taken to the hospital so far.

On the other hand, though, there’s this (WARNING: LANGUAGE):

Fox reports on the madness:

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. local time, police spokesperson Lt. Tina Jones said that more than 1,000 people had gathered in and around the downtown area as part of the demonstrations. She added that police were “focused on keeping opposing groups separate, although there have been some interactions between individuals.

Flag-waving members of the Proud Boys and Three Percenters militia group began gathering late in the morning, some wearing body armor and helmets. Meanwhile, black-clad, helmet and mask-wearing Antifa members were also among the several hundred people on the streets. The groups gathered on both sides of the Willamette River, which runs through the city.

Authorities used sound trucks and loudspeakers to remind demonstrators both sides to stay out of the streets or they would be arrested. They also set up concrete barriers and closed streets and bridges in an effort to contain and separate the rival groups.

As I indicated previously, not a single Portland officer was given the day off. In fact, on hand were more than two dozen law enforcement agencies.

Portland prepped with a thousand local officers.

Why would anyone want to be within 5 miles of such a planned experiment in insanity?

As reported by KPTV, some demonstrators had begun to exit in the early afternoon. That included The Proud Boys. Hopefully, the potentially explosive ideological entanglement is all but over now.

At the outset, the city’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, had a message for people on both sides: “We don’t want your hatred, we don’t want your violence…”

Good luck with that.

-ALEX

 

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2019-08-17T18:50:32-05:00

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